T&G holds post-election meeting

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MANCHESTER — The Taconic and Green Regional School District board will largely remain the same in terms of composition and leadership as the district approaches its third fiscal year.

The board met last week for the first time since voters adopted its proposed $33.5 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

The only new addition to the board is Melanie Virgilio, who was elected to serve as a representative from Sunderland. She has previously served on the district's board, as well as the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union board and the Sunderland Select Board.

The district serves the towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Peru, Sunderland and Weston. The district operates five schools — Currier Memorial School, in Danby, Flood Brook School, in Londonderry, Manchester Elementary-Middle School, Sunderland Elementary School and The Dorset School — and offers school choice for high schoolers.

Members unanimously reappointed Herb Ogden, the board representative from Mt. Tabor, as chairman. Dick Dale, the representative from Londonderry, will continue to serve as vice chairman, and David Chandler, a representative at-large, will remain clerk of the board.

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Dale and Chandler, along with fellow members Jim Salsgiver, Georgeanne Bonifanti and Deb Lyneis, will also serve on the board of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, of which the district is a part. The Winhall School District and Mettawee School District, which serves Rupert and Pawlet, are also part of the supervisory union.

The board approved contract renewals for dozens of teachers; hired a hazing, harassment and bullying investigations coordinator; signed an ethics policy; and approved three-year contract renewals for three principals: Debra Fishwick, a co-principal of MEMS, Carolyn Parillo, principal of Currier, and Jennifer Turner, principal of Sunderland Elementary.

The district's current fiscal year concludes at the end of June, at which time Randi Lowe, the supervisory union's current assistant superintendent, will replace Jackie Wilson, who is retiring, as superintendent.

The board's next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 at The Dorset School.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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